Don’t Let a Boating Accident Ruin Your Day
Spending time on a boat with family and friends is a great time. However, it is extremely important to take precautions and stay safe. A boating accident can cause severe injury or even death. Fortunately, a boating accident lawyer can help navigate claims resulting from these accidents.
Boating accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. For example, a boat may crash into a dock or structure, run into another boat, run ashore, or even hit a swimmer or skier.
Causes of Boat Accidents
Causes of boating accidents include:
- an inexperienced boater
- intoxicated operator
- boat malfunction
More than a third of both fatal and non-fatal boat accidents are alcohol related.
What Should You Do After a Boating Accident?
Knowing the important steps to take after a boating accident can be the difference between a successful claim and having to pay for injuries out of pocket. Let’s quickly review what you should do after an accident:
- Get medical attention. The longer you wait to treat your injuries, the more difficult it is to prove they are related to your case. You also risk the injury getting worse if you wait.
- Get the boater’s information. You’ll want to get any relevant information like name, address, phone number, and insurance information as soon as possible. If you’re too injured to do so, have someone else in your group or a police officer gather the information for you.
- Notify the proper authorities. Depending on where you are, you may need to call police, coast guard, or lifeguards to help you with an accident report and to note the incident.
- Contant a boating accident lawyer. Dealing with the insurance company on your own is never a good idea. You should talk with an experienced attorney who can advise you of the best route to take with your case.
Contact an Experienced Boating Accident Lawyer
Boating accidents can result in serious burn injuries, broken bones, back/neck/spine injuries, a head injury and even a fatality. If you have been in a boat accident, your wellbeing comes first. Your rights are next. Contact the Law Office of Steve Roberts, LLC online, or give us a call today.
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